Yes, twenty four is the quantity of astronomy observing sessions that I made last year. Most of the sessions were solitary.
A friend stopped by once in the wee hours of the morning to see Mars when it was at opposition and at another time, a neighbor came out to see what I was up to because he was having trouble sleeping.
Most of my astronomy visitors have been of the varmint variety. Skunks, deer, bats, and coyotes. Coyotes, fortunately, have kept their distance. I know that they are out there because they have an eerie howl. Skunks? I wish they'd keep their distance, but there was the time when one made a beeline toward the open garage. Bats? I like bats. They flutter about eating bugs. Deer are just a nuisance. They do, however, make a spooky chuffing noise. It will make the goosebumps rise . . .
Being fundamentally a hermit, I'm fine with the dearth of astronomy visitors. I get to choose the astronomy targets and revel under the glory of our Bortle class 4 sky!
Here are images of targets from the last astronomy session of 2018. I spent a couple of hours staring at these two through the eyepiece and with the imager.
(Click on the images to zoom in!)
The Leo Triplet
|Also known as the M66 group|
Another Leo Galaxy Grouping
|Eight Leo galaxies|